My family rented a car and drove to the Destrehan and Oak Alley Plantations on a Sunday during our four-day stay in New Orleans. We arrived a little after noon so it was not busy. Our tour guide was a docent dressed in a Union artillery officer’s uniform. We were in a small group of about a dozen people so everyone could see and hear him throughout the tour. The docent was very knowledgeable about the mansion, its history, including times before and after the civil war, and the life on the plantation. He obviously took his duties very seriously. He was able to answer questions and point out unique items about the house and its various owners. He even stayed behind after the tour to answer individual questions from the group. The mansion and grounds are not as spectacular as Oak Alley but the guided tour was much more informative. The mansion has several out buildings depicting life on the plantation including the role slaves played in the daily life on the plantation. The Mississippi River is literally across the road on the other side of the levee. If you are interested in the history of plantations, this is the one to visit. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour specifically because of the information from the tour guide.
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